Betsiefest is a celebration of life. A time to enjoy family and friends in the presence of amazing music and outdoor fun.


In 2010, the first Betsiefest Northwest was spontaneously held in Scott Shoemaker and Betsie Och's SE Portland backyard. It was a life celebration with live music and an amazing potluck dinner created by the friends and family of Betsie Och to remember their friend's spirit after her tragic battle with cancer. Betsie was a mindful lady who enjoyed music with friends, especially children, and worked hard to take in life's simple pleasures and have fun. Now, ten years later, we aim to include you in the vibe that keeps the spirit strong. The music is still live, the venue is even larger, and the good times are as jamming as ever before at Betsiefest. Join the vibe!


What started as an intimate life celebration has grown into an intimate, family friendly music festival and opportunity to raise money for the causes we believe in. We are excited to have wonderful a new beneficiary, Sauvie Island Center.

Betsiefest is a FREE event, however we do encourage at least a $25 per adult donation to support our fundraising efforts. Help them educate children about their food, where it comes from and the importance of sustainable farming.


Big thanks to all the amazing musicians who have played Betsiefest over the past ten years. Here's your 2019 line-up.

JOIN US ON JUNE 29th @ 2:00pm

Betsiefest is a FREE (donation based) family friendly event that embraces a loving, open, and thoughtful spirit. This year we are raising money for Sauvie Island Center
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2:00pm - Kick-off
3:00 - 4:30pm Mountain Honey
4:30 - 5:00pm Kid's Parade
5:00 - 6:30pm Glitter Fox
7:00 - 8:30pm Bahttsi
9:00 - 11:00pm CoLoSo
Camping Saturday night is encouraged. There is a peaceful field for tent, R.V., van or car camping. $15 dollar donation requested per vehicle. 
A food truck will be on premise with food for sale in the early evening and in the morning for overnight campers. 
Dogs are welcome but MUST be leashed at all times. This is a working farm, so we need to be protect the resident livestock. Please also clean up after your pet.
Outside alcohol is allowed for guests 21 and over ONLY. Please drink responsibly.
Festival poster art available by donation; intentional creative space in Betsie's memory; dance and movement 
We will have a variety of outdoor games, kids crafts and the ever-popular Betsiefest Kid's Parade.
Want to play an instrument around the fire pit? Bring it! Want to express yourself and be outdoors with wonderful folks? Be our guest. Late night Betsiefesters inevitably bring the party.

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Event Location

Please contact John Gentle with any event questions.

  • 14700 Nw Gillihan Road Portland, OR 97231
  • 503.544.6934
  • johngentle@mac.com